PULA, CROATIA – 31 JULY, 2019 – As Croatian tourism grows, chefs and food lovers continue to discover more about Croatia’s incredible cuisine. Laura McIntosh, television producer and host of PBS show “Bringing it Home with Laura McIntosh”, and her team were recently busy scouting Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast to explore its renowned wine, cuisine and sights. “Bringing it Home” is planning to produce a show in Croatia bringing its amazing food, wine and traditions to American viewers, who will certainly want to add Croatia to their travels.
The 10-day excursion was planned and facilitated by luxury Croatian travel experts, Adventures Croatia. Pamela Robinson, Adventures Croatia’s CEO who personally led the tour, crafted a customized itinerary that included numerous visits to wineries, including Grgic, agritourism sites, and fishing villages showcasing the best of what Croatia has to offer. With almost 10 years of creating such custom itineraries, Adventures Croatia incorporated a unique mix of cooking classes allowing Laura and her team to get hands on experience preparing Croatian classics such as Peka, Soparnik and makaruli pasta.
Oysters right from the water were sampled along with a variety of local fish cooked in traditional Croatian style in wood burning ovens or above white-hot coals. Laura and the Adventures Croatia team visited Split and Omiš before a week-long cruise taking in the islands of Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, Ston, Slano, finishing in the medieval city of Dubrovnik.
As Croatia’s list of Michelin recommended restaurants grows each year, Adventures Croatia showcased a balance of fine dining and local experiences taking in a wide variety of Croatian cuisine and traditions.
Laura was able to savor the fresh and uniquely creative wines available at Fish Restaurant Proto while in Dubrovnik. Tastings were led by distinguished Master Sommelier, Siniša Lasan. Only 249 people in the world hold this advanced title, and as the list’s only Croat, Lasan’s knowledge is unparalleled in the region. These special types of experiences highlighting local cuisine and Croatian wines are reasons why sophisticated visitors continue to seek out Croatia as a top “foodie” destination.
After exploring the wide variety of tastes available, Laura exclaimed that “Croatian cuisine is fresh, delicious and steeped in tradition. There is no question the key ingredient to the amazing cuisine in Croatia is freshness. Either straight from the garden or directly from the sea the difference in the taste is exquisite.”
Combining the best of Croatia’s thriving restaurant culture with immersive experiences preparing, cooking and enjoying in-home dining with local families, savvy American travelers continue to discover Croatia. ‘Farm to table’ is not a fad here, it is a centuries old way of life.